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Week 5 Starts & Sits
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A little advice can make all the difference. Scott White suggests starting hitters like Chris Carter. Al Melchior sorts out the two-start starter options. Hitters | Pitchers
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Padres' Wil Myers hasn't changed approach despite walking more
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:52 am ET) Padres center fielder Wil Myers drew a pair of walks Saturday for the second straight game, but he indicated that he hasn't changed his aggressive approach at the plate, MLB.com reports.

"Just the at-bats [in which] I've walked ... they haven't really thrown anything over the plate to hit," Myers said. "It's always been a 3-1 walk. I'm not really getting my pitch right now. I'd rather swing the bat than walk because I'd like to take my chances."

Myers managed only two walks in all of April before racking up four walks in his first two games of May. The Padres are just fine with their leadoff hitter's aggressiveness.

"You don't want to ever take the aggressiveness out of a young hitter, because that's what makes them … and in his mind, he can hit," manager Bud Black said Saturday. "And hitters swing. They have confidence, especially young hitters, that they can hit anything. It's going to take time for him to understand that at the big leagues pitchers can throw the ball where they want it, they can expand the zone, they can keep it out of the strike zone. He's got to learn to lay off of that. I think in time, you'll see more games like tonight, where he will not expand the zone."

Myers has hit .279/.324/.462 with four home runs, 17 RBI, three stolen bases and a league-leading 25 runs scored.


White Sox rest Tyler Flowers, Conor Gillaspie, Jose Abreu
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:46 am ET) The White Sox left two regulars out of the lineup on Sunday and moved another to DH to give him a day's rest from playing the field. 

Catcher Tyler Flowers is out of the lineup. For the third time in five games, he'll be replaced by Geovany Soto, who will bat eighth in the order. 

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie is also out of the starting lineup, for just the fifth time this year. He's replaced by Gordon Beckham, who'll bat seventh. 

Jose Abreu moves from first base to DH, swapping positions with Adam LaRoche, who gets his third start of the year at first base. 


Cardinals' Kolten Wong out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Wong is getting his first break from the starting lineup in more than two weeks Sunday, with Pete Kozma filling in and batting eighth. Wong has hit .272/.322/.383 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 81 at-bats.

The Cardinals are favorites (-142) against the Pirates Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Adam Eaton misses third straight for White Sox
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game on Sunday. 

Eaton is battling an illness. For the third straight day, he'll be replaced by J.B. Shuck

Shuck will bat leadoff. 


Royals' Lorenzo Cain drops appeal, begins serving suspension
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:38 am ET) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension on Sunday, the team announced. He will miss Sunday and Monday's game and be eligible to return on Tuesday. 

Jarrod Dyson gets his second start of the season in center field on Sunday. He'll bat eighth in the lineup.


Kurt Suzuki, Eduardo Escobar, Jordan Schafer out of Twins' lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) The Twins left three starters out of Sunday's starting lineup. 

Catcher Kurt Suzuki goes to the bench, with Chris Herrmann getting his second start in five games. Herrmann is batting eighth in the lineup. 

Left fielder Eduardo Escobar is out of the lineup after four straight starts. Oswaldo Arcia returns to left, batting sixth. 

Center fielder Jordan Schafer also gets a rest, with Shane Robinson making his tenth start in center and batting seventh. 


Pirates' Neil Walker not in lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:33 am ET) Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

It's Walker's first break from starting in more than two weeks. He has hit .270/.320/.393 with one home run, nine RBI and one stolen base in 89 at-bats but is just 3 for 19 over the last five games. With Walker on the bench, Josh Harrison will shift from third base to second, while Jung Ho Kang will make the start at the hot corner.

The Pirates are underdogs (+132) in St. Louis Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas switch positions for Twins
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) For the fourth time this season, Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas will switch positions to give Mauer a day off from the field. 

Mauer will play designated hitter for the Twins in Sunday's game, while Vargas will play first base. It's the second time in five games and third in the last nine that the two players have flip-flopped positions. 


Marlins' Mat Latos (hamstring) to start Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:25 am ET) Marlins pitcher Mat Latos will make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Nationals, FOX Sports Florida reports.

Latos suffered a left hamstring strain in his previous start Wednesday but had been optimistic he'd be able to make his regular turn in the rotation. An MRI on the injured hamstring showed inflammation and swelling but no structural damage.

Latos is 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA and 17:9 K:BB ratio in 21 innings over five starts.


Nationals' Denard Span back in lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:18 am ET) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Span was out for two games while recovering from soreness in the same area of the body that required surgery before the season, but he's able to return to action Sunday as expected. He has hit .302/.340/.535 with two home runs, seven RBI and one stolen base in 43 at-bats.

The Nationals are underdogs (+100) against the Mets Sunday.


 
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